Charly’s Desert Tours is the oldest safari enterprise in Swakopmund with almost 50 years of travel experience. With our well equipped cars and professional, warm hearted tour guides we offer tours and excursions countrywide and lots of activities around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Due to our experience, our kind of travel became synonymous with unforgettable tours throughout Namibia and we are proud to show our guests the magic of our beautiful country. Come with us and enjoy the breath taking landscapes of Namibia!
In October 2013, Gerald Kolb became the proud owner of the legendary Charly’s Desert Tours.
Since 1997 Gerald has been working in the tourism industry, initially guiding private camping safaris in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This gave him the background knowledge of the tourism industry, and the experience in working with guests from many different cultures under many different and difficult circumstances.
Eventually working for one of Namibia’s leading DMC’s, Gerald became involved with planning and coordinating inbound incentive travel, event management and conferences for many years.
Changing circumstances awakened his old passion for guiding, which led to starting a small company called Travel Time, which offered interesting and informative half day tours in the Swakopmund area, where guests learn about the desert ecology and how the ancient cultures utilized many of the plants daily which are found in the Namib Desert. After successfully building up “The Desert Tour”, Gerald started Travel Time’s second product, the “Swakopmund City Tour”.
When the opportunity presented itself to take over Charly’s Desert Tours, Gerald combined Travel Time and Charly’s Desert Tours and is now trading only under the grand old brand name of “Charly’s Desert Tours”
NEW West Coast Bites & Brews Tour available now!
Charly’s Desert Tours introduces a brand new and super fresh culinary half day tour that includes:
Craft beer tasting
Craft gin distillery visit and gin tasting
Olive farm exploration with olive and olive oil tasting
Jojoba farm visit, with testing of jojoba and other skin oils
Tour a coffee roastery with coffee tasting
Delicious local snack platter
Group size is limited to 10 guests, minimum of 2 guests required
14h00 – 18h00 Monday – Friday
(not available Saturday, Sunday or public holidays)
Price is N$ 750.00 per person (kids 13 and younger N$ 400.00)
No alcohol will be served to children under 18 of age!
A short itinerary:
As with our other tours, we will collect guests from their hotel / guesthouse at 14h00. At first we will explore two nearby farms, an olive farm and a jojoba farm. We will learn a bit about the farming and about the products, and of course we will test the olive oil, the olives and the cosmetic oils.
Furthermore we will tour a coffee roastery and taste a few different coffee roasts. At a gin distillery we will get some insights into the distillery processes and the flavours, and get to taste some of these craft gins. This is also the perfect place to sample some of the Swakopmund craft beers and enjoy a small platter of truly Namibian and local specialities. We allow our chef a little creative freedom, but items like local black mussel or perhaps smoked catfish could be on the platter.